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Surname: NAYLOR

Forename(s): Sam

Place of Birth: Lancaster, Lancashire

Service No: 6769

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 13th (Western) Division

Age: 39

Date of Death: 1916-04-18

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 19.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Sam Naylor (born 21 June 1876) was the son of George Arthur and Jane Hannah Naylor, née Atkinson and brother of A/Corporal George Naylor (14474) (q.v.). Their father was born at Gargrave, Yorkshire and mother at Lancaster, Lancashire.

1881 Gargrave, Yorkshire Census: High Mill - Sam Naylor, aged 4 years, born Lancaster, Lancashire, son of George A. and Jane H. Naylor.

1891 Gargrave, Yorkshire Census: Low Warehouse - Sam Naylor, aged 14 years, born Lancaster, Lancashire, son of George and Jane H. Naylor.

Sam was married to Christiana Elliott in 1896.

1901 Accrington, Lancashire Census: 10, Cedar Street - Sam Naylor, aged 24 years, born Lancaster, Lancashire, husband of Christiana Naylor.

1911 Accrington, Lancashire Census: 10, Cedar Street - Sam Naylor, aged 34 years, born Lancaster, Lancashire, husband of Christiana Naylor.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Sam Naylor, 6769, 6/E. Lan. R. Theatre of War first served in: (2b) Balkans. Date of entry therein: 25.10.15. K. in A. 18.4.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Sam Naylor, 6769, 3rd East Lancs.; 2nd East Lancs.; 6th East Lancs.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Sam Naylor, 6769, 6th Batt. East Lancs Reg. Date and Place of Death: 18.4.16. Mesopotamia. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Wife and Sole Legatee - Christina [sic]. £12 12s. 2d.

Sam is commemorated on the Accrington War Memorial.

A short biography of Sam is included in: ‘From Mills to Marching and Back Again - A History of Gargrave from 1900 to 1925’ by Sue Lyall and Donavon Slaven with contributions from George Ingle, Ray Jones and Martin Thompson (2019).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

NAYLOR, Sam, son of Mr. George Naylor of Ingrow, formerly of Gargrave, died from pneumonia Dardanelles June 1916.


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Private Sam NAYLOR

Private Sam NAYLOR

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

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Surname: NAYLOR

Forename(s): Sam

Born: Lancaster


Enlisted: Accrington, Lancs

Number: 6769

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 6th Battalion


Died Date: 18/04/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Mesopotamia


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Surname: NAYLOR

Forename(s): Sam

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 6769

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 6th Bn.



Died Date: 18/04/1916

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6th (Service) Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

On April 13th the 38th Brigade moved forward on the right bank of the Tigris to Rhodes Piquet in reserve to the 3rd (Indian) Division. The latter attacked and captured the Beit Aisa position on April 17th, and in the evening the battalion were to take over some reserve trenches. Before this could be done, the Turks counter-attacked in considerable strength and drove the Indian Division back. The East Lancashire and South Lancashire, with the 9th Worcestershire of the 40th Brigade were hurriedly sent forward as reinforcements, moving off at ten minutes notice without transport. After coming under heavy machine- gun fire and taking cover in a small nullah and some dug-outs . . . the Battalion arrived as ordered at a trench near Twin Pimples about 10.30 p.m. This trench was now the British front line . . .

The East Lancashire were ordered to deploy and retake the Beit Aisa line, advancing north westward from Twin Pimples…

The East Lancashire had done extremely well under very trying circumstances, having been of great assistance in saving a critical situation on the night of April 17th/18th. The losses of the Battalion amounted to 6 officers and 132 other ranks killed, wounded or missing. Its good work did not pass without due appreciation by higher commanders. General O’Dowda himself says: -

“The Battalion distinguished itself by moving up without guides to an unknown part of the line, and helping to straighten out a somewhat chaotic situation. The Battalion then proceeded to bomb up certain of the hostile trenches, of which it cleared 200 yards and retained possession. For 48 hours it hung on to these trenches without sleep or rest. The Battalion paid rather dearly in casualties, but the initiative and courage displayed were most marked.”

[Sam Naylor was killed on the 18th April.]

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


NAYLOR Christiana of 26 Claremont-road Accrington widow died 16 February 1956 Probate London 22 March to The Yorkshire Penny Bank Limited. Effects £1032 12s. 10d.


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23 June 1916

NAYLOR – In April, killed in action in Mesopotamia, Pte. Sam Naylor of Accrington, and formerly of Gargrave.

23 June 1916


Mr. George Naylor, of 293, Beech Grove, Ingrow, Keighley, formerly of Gargrave, has lost a second son in the war, the first loss being recorded in our columns in January 14th last as a result of pneumonia in the Dardanelles. The second loss is that of Pte. Sam Naylor, a native of Gargrave, and well known in the district, who before going to Accrington was employed at the New Brighton Saw Mills, Gargrave. Information has been received that Pte. Naylor was killed in action in April in the attempt to relieve the gallant defenders of Kut. Pte. Naylor was an old volunteer, and was in the reserve when war commenced. He was called up for service and drafted to France, where he served several months. He was invalided home with frostbitten hands and feet, but after a short stay again went abroad, this time to the Dardanelles. He was there up to the evacuation when he was set to join the forces marching to relieve General Townshend in Kut. Pte. Naylor had served in three countries with his regiment and had seen much fighting. The Naylor family have reason to be proud of their connection with the forces, for the son of the deceased is serving in France, a brother is with the Canadians, and the other brother, as mentioned above, died of pneumonia while serving in the Dardanelles. Deceased leaves a wife and nine children, who live at 23 Spencer Street, Accrington where, before being called to the Forces, he worked as moulder at Ewbank Works.


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